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Author: Hankins, Frank. H
Subject: NATURAL SCIENCES; Biological sciences in general; Anthropogeny. Human development in general. Origin of the human species
Publisher: Alfred. A. Knopf, Inc.
Call number: 31934
Book contributor: Osmania University
Subject: What Became of the Author
A Google search turned up the following:
He was the 28th President of the American Sociological Association, and passed away on January 24th of 1970.
Why do you wonder? He's long dead, unaware that his work is being covered with ""s to accommodate modern cognitive dissonance.
Subject: This is an absolutely facsinating book
I found this by chance at the UT library at Austin, and was planning on uploading it myself, though it seems Osmania has beaten me to it.
This is a secondary source on race doctrine, a summary and critique of various beliefs, but it was made a such a point in time, right after the Great War, but before the chain of events leading to WW2 started, that it makes fascinating reading about the nature and extent of racialist beliefs at the time.
As could be seen from the subtitle, this is a critique of many of the "Aryanist" or "Nordicist" beliefs, as exemplified by de Gobineau and H. S. Chaimberlain. He critiques these and their American cohorts like Stoddard and Grant, primarily from a Franz Boasian point of view. This was during the period of the "physical vs. cultural" anthropology debate of the late 1920s.
What is really disturbing is his discussion of Aryanist doctrine in Germany at the time. He makes a prophetic analysis of the trend in German race thought of glorifying the pure, blond Aryan society, with its concomitant antisemitism. Even famed Nazi "scientist" Hans Guenther gets a blurb in. This was at a time when the NSDAP was a blip on the radar screen.
All this said, the author is not completely inline with 21st race thought. He seems to be an eugenicist, and keeps trying to defend eugenics from "guilt by association" with the race theorists. He also plainly states in the introduction that while the Aryanists are on one side of the false race coin "those advocating complete racial equality,[such] as between Scandinavians and Negroes" are on the other.
One wonders what ever became of the author